The Atlanta Falcons will interview Eric Bieniemy on Monday.
According to NFL reporter Ian Rapoport, the Atlanta Falcons will be interviewing Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy on Monday. Rapoport notes that both Bieniemy and San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh will interview on the same day and all meetings will take place via teleconference.
Bieniemy is expected to be a hot name—once again—in head coaching circles as teams try to get a piece of some of the sustained success enjoyed in Kansas City these days. The Chiefs had the NFL’s best overall record in 2020 and that came on the heels of their first Super Bowl win in five decades last winter, giving Bieniemy the sort of credentials to go with his experience working with one of the most dangerous offenses in NFL history.
The Chiefs had reason to believe that Bieniemy might be out the door in each of the last two years, given that the team’s O.C. has interviewed for over a half dozen jobs over the last two offseasons combined. Last year, four of five teams with a head coach opening brought in Bieniemy for a visit—the Dallas Cowboys being the only team that did not—yet Bieniemy ultimately returned for another season on the Chiefs’ sidelines.
Bieniemy now has eight seasons of experience coaching under a Hall of Fame coach like Andy Reid including three at the coordinator level after taking over for Matt Nagy, now head coach of the Chicago Bears.
The Falcons are looking to replace Dan Quinn, who was fired early this season, although it’s uncertain whether Raheem Morris will get a real look after serving as interim coach.